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NORTH CAROLINA, 



HELD AT 

REEVE'S MEETING HOUSE, CHATHAM Co., 

ATJGUST3— 7, 1832. 



EDENTON: 



^SCELLANY PRESS. 



IMjEiMBERS OP THE CONVENTION. 



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Wake. 
Qr05S Roads Church - - - - John Purify. 

John Robertson. 
Raleigh do. - . - - William R. Hinton, 

William Hooper. 
Wake Union do. . - - - Allen S. Winn. 
Molly Spring do. - - - - Green Huckaby, 

John Holliman, 
James Dennis. 
Cumberland. 
.Cape Fear Female Society - - Samuel MimmS, 

James McDaniel. 
Cape Fear Church ----- Charles McAlister. 
Davidson. 

Jersey Settlement Richard Owens, 

Josiah Wiseman- 
Lick Creek Church & Society - Eli Carrol. 
Liberty Church & Society - - Peter Owen. 
Congregation at Halaway's - - James Brown, 
yom's Creek Church - - - - Matthew Skeen. 

Orange. 
Blount Carmel Church - - - Grey Huckaby. 

Cane Creek James Marrow. 

Mount Moriah William Blackwoo<[. 

Antioch Lindsay Edmonds, 

Stokes. 

New Friendship William Dowd, 

Craven. - 
Newbern ----,.--- John Aimstrong, 

Elijah Clark.* 
Lenoir. 
Hopeful Society *. ^ - - - William P. Biddle, 

Sam. S. Biddle, David Jones.* 
Edgecomb. 
Tarborougli Churc-lx ► - - - Amos J. Battle, P. P. Lawrence.*- 

H. Austin, Thomas Crocker. 
Cajiteret. 

Jarrat'sBay - Samuel Wait. 

Chatham. 

Reeve's Chapel Warren Brooks. 

Lanfe's Creek - - - • - - Daniel Hackney, Elisha Siler. 

Mount Gilead Thomas D. Armstrong. 

Rocky Spring Church - - - Elisha H. Straughan, 

Charles S. Fooshee. 

Bear Creek Joel Horton. 

Moore. 

Friendship - Eli Phillips, Sam'l Hutsffti, 

Noah Richardson. 
Montgomery. 

Cross Roads Stephen Senter. 

New Union William M. ButleT. 

Kendal's Meeting House - - - William Palmer. 
Bethlehem Joseph Gatl> 



-Gedar Creek 
Rocky River 
Brown Creek - 
Bethlehem 

Carthledge Creek 



Saraii - - - 
Spring Hill 

Maple Spring - 
Flat Rock 

Providence Churh - 

Sandy Cross 

Edenton - - - 

New Hope 

Society Meeting House 



Anson. 

- Gilbert Townsend. 

- John Culpepper, sen. 

- Joel McClenden. 

- John Culpepper, jun. 
Richmond. 

- James Thomas.* 
Robert S. Thomas. 
Wm. T. Everet, 
Wm. Thomas jun.* Hen. Thomaii 

- Alexander N. Nicholson. 

- John Munroe, Charles Livingston. 
Franklin. 

- Allen Bowden, Benj. Bridget. 

- Simon J. Jeffreys. 
Currituck. 

- James G. Hall. 
Gates. 

- Quintin H. Trotman. 
Chowan. 

- Thomas Meredith. 
Iredell. 

- William Ricliards. 

- Paul Phifer. 
Lincoln. 

- Hugh Quin. 
DapLiN. 

Concord George W. Hufham. 

Nahmiga - - ^ - - John Oliver,* Stephen Gralian!. 

Henry Moore. 
■VViLKi:s. 

- Wm. W. Wright. 

- Jesse Adams. 
Bertie. 

- Lewis Thomson, Wm. Home. 

- Turner Carter, Aaron J. Spivey. 

PASaUOT.A.NIl. 

- George M. Thompson. 

- Francis Fletcher, S. Pendleton. 
Surry. 

- Jolm Angel, Thomas Wright. 
Nash. 

- Benjamin Brown. 

GUILFOR*. 

- Isaac Buson. 
Rowan. 

- John Dismukes. 
Sampson. 

- George E. Fennel. 
Bladen. 



Hugh Quin 



Fishing Creek - 
Briar Creek 

Sandy Run 
Bertie Society - 

Elizabeth City - 
Salem Church - 

Flat Rock 

Peach Tree 

James Town Society 

Eaton's 

Lisbon 



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Globe Head Church 



BCRKE. 



Reuben Coffee: 



Th«se marked thus (*) were absent. 






PROCEEDINGS. 



Chatham County^ Aug;. Jo d. ic;:., 

The Members oftlio Con vor{ ion, in coniiexion v/ith'a nunu'rodt^' 
t'ongre«?ation, liavitis^ assembled at Kceve's Chapel, agreeably to prtv 
vioiis appointment Wm. P. Bid; lift. preached the Iniroditttory Sermoi^ 
from Kom. 10 : 14, 15.— ^^Ilow shall they call on him ia w^om tli-'A- 
have not believed," &c. 

Immediately after pr.blic worship the Convention was called to or-" 
der by P. W. Dowd. President ; who, having prayed, requested Wm'. 
P. Biddlc, first Vice-President, to occupy tlie chair. 

INIinistcring Brethren present were invited by tho Pre?;ident to ta1;e 
aeats with the Convention ; which invitation was accepted by William 
r.a\iir, Benjamin Laviir, Jesse Sowel,Winiam Jones, Patrick CoiiCly, 
ti€orge Purify, Josiah J. Finch, and Sam'l Duidap. 

Charles McAllister, Stephen Graham, Samuel Minims, Grey Kuck- 
uby, Robert S. Thomas, Matthew Skeen, and Aaron J. .Spivcy were 
appointed a committee to examine the credentials of the Delei^ates, and 
ro receive the contributions with Avhich the^ were respectively 
ciiarged. 

Adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. T. Meredith pra)-eci. 

Aug;vsf: 4:fh * 

The Convention met according to adjournnient. Prayer by William 
IIo(jper. 

Thomas D. Armstronsr, Turner Carter, Henry Moore, John Dis- 
jniikes, and Gilbert Townsend were appointed a committee to make, 
the necesi-M.r-y arrangements for supplying the pulpit during the pr^.'s- 
ent session of the convention. 

Re^^'Aved, That the Convention proceed to the election of 0i1lc(*r5 
and managers for the ensuing 3^ear ; which election resulted as repre- 
sented on a subsequent page. 

T. 3Ieredith, 'i\ Crocker, and Wm. Dowd were appointed a com- 
mittee on Foreign Missions. 

J. Purify, J. Culpepper sen. and G. E. Fennel were appointed a com • 
niittee on Home Missions. 

Wm. Hooper, Vv'm. R. Hinton, and Grey Iluckaby were appointed: 
ii committer on education. 

J. Armstrong. J. G. Hal!, and Sam'l Wait were appointed a commit- 
tee to consider the expediency of issuing a periodical publication. 

E. H. Straiighan, G. ^V. llufham, and Sam'l S. Biddle, vrcre ap- 
pointed a committee to audit the Treasurer's account. 

J. McDaniel, G. M. Thomson and Q. Trotman v.xre appointed a 
committee on Tracts. 

W. R. Hinton, N. Richardson, and T. Meredith were appoirt^d a 
committee on the Agency. • 

Adjourned till 2 o'clock— Prayer by William Dowd. 

* Afternoon Session. — J. Armstrong prayed. 
The committee on Education made a report whicKwes unonimori^: 
<fy approved, and ordcffid to ])e published. [Sec appendix, letter E.] < 
' ^e&'o/i-eof, unanimousi3^, That the Convention deem it expedient ;to ' 
^ ^yrchase a suitable Farm, and to adopt other prelhninary measUre.5 for - 



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fur r>;lib;!#h3ucftt of n Pa p;i.^ Literary Instiiiulou iii (liis ?ial£ QiytiiC 
Manual Labour Principk. 

Tiie Committee on llie Periodical Tpportcd. Tlie report was appro- 
vc(^ and ordered to be published, j'SeC' appendix, letter G.] 

Res?ylved, That J. G. linll. Sain'l Wait, W. Hooper, T. Meredith, 
and T. Arnistrong" be a committee, wlio shall be requested to take^ 
6\ich measures as Ihey sha]] deem necessary to secure tlie object of 
this report. 

Adjourned till Monday. 9 oVfock. Wiij, DoM'd praVed. 



f>i7XDAY 5ih. — T. Meredith. J. Armsirong. and J. -VLcBajiieL, 
]?rp3chpd in the morning, — J. Purity in the eveninfr,-^anjd George 
?f. Thomson at ni;jlit,— to a largo and attentive congregation. Un- 
f-banTjon serionsnes? was manifested dm*ing this, and indeed durin^f 
iiiJ the d.iys of ■.he meeting: ] 

Monday, 6th. 

The Convention assembled agfeajibly to adjoiifument. Prayer by 
CI 'i^.otnian. 

Tli? Committee on Foreign MisKi.cns reported ; and the report w^ 
-r:;;pfovf d. nnd. ordered to be published. [See Appendix letter C] 

* 'fhe Committee on Tracts made report ; v\-hich report was accept^ 
an 1 ordered to be published. [See appendix letter D.] 

The soconl cominittes on the periodic bi reported^ and the report 
va-^ apjiroved.* 

1 he foilovving resolution "'?s adopted unanimous]}' : — Wliereas tlvi^ 
body has been informed that brf)tlLer T. Meredith of Edenton, con- 
templates fhe publication of a FeUfrions Periodical^ to be issue.d 
]"?.onthly at the moderate price of cae dollar per annum ; therefore^ 
Meso^.Tcd., that this convejition highly approve of the undertaking, and 
'■:>::-jest]y recommend their brrthren to give it a liberal patronage. 

The committee on Home Mi35?ions made a report which was approv 
vod an 1 ordered to be tilod for publication. [See appendix letter F.] 

Tlie Beard preseiitcd a report of their proceedings during the pa.«t 
year. This report was accepted and ordered to be published. But as 
h a!)Oimdi'd more i^ detail tlian was deem^ed ncces-^ar}', it was Resol- 
ved tliat T. Meredith be recjuested to reduce it to suitable dimensions 
•j'.nd lit it for tlie press. [See appendix letter A.] 

The Agant made his annual rep.ort, which was approved and or- 
dcr-'^d to b? fded for publication. [See appendix letter B.] 

Rer,vlved unanimousl)^ that this Convention highly appreciate the 
valuable st-rvices of our Agent, and tiiat we take this method to renew 
the expres?ion of our con^donce in his ability and his faithfulness. 

1'he committee on the Agency reported ; the report v.-as accepted 
and ordered to be annexed to the other-docmnents for publication. [See 
rrppf ndix lottr-r H.] 
'Resolved unanimously that brother Samuel "Wait be requested to^ 
act as our Agrmt until the next annuul meeting of this body, to render 
r'xe snme services, and on tlie same tenns as during the past year.— • 
ind further, that Wm. R. Hinton, R. CoiTee. J. Armstrong, AVilliam 
0owd, and H. Qahi be a committee to wait on brother Wait, acquaint 

"Note — The report of this committee having been mislaid, as we 
leiippo-se, was not forwarded by the clerk vrith the otlier documents 
iiMa hcnc^ it does not appf'ar am.ong rise re'rt nf ^ht report^.* 



hull Miiii lUe appuiuuiH-ut, and leaDi from Qiiu wiiellier or"TiOL he c^n 
comply with the request of the convention. 

Resolved, 'J'hat the Treasurer "be directed to pay to Ranind Wait 
$476 ; this being his amount of compensation for sixteen monihs si-r- 
vices ; to be drawn from the three several funds of this insiifution, 
in a proportion corresponding to the amount contributed to each du- 
ring the past year. 

Resolved that the Treasurer be instructed to transmit as 
soon as convenient to the Treasurer of the General CouveuTion for. 
Foreign Missions, the appropriate funds remaining in Ids liands. 

William Hooper, J. G. Hall, Grey Huckab}', Wilham R. Jlinton, 
and A. S. Winn were appointed a commiliee, whose diUy it shnll bb 
to solicit at the next session of the Legislature of this state, an act (J 
incorporation in behalf of this institution. 

J. G. Hail, William R. Hinton, J. Purify, A. S. Winn, and S. J. Jef- 
ft'#ys were appointed a committee whose duty it shall be to endeavour 
to raise by private subscriptions, donations, &c. including the amoilnr. 
already pledged, the sum of tzco thousand dollars, with a view of pur- 
chasing a plantation for the accommodation of a literary institution on 
tlie Manual Labour Principle, in conformity with a previous resolutiou 
«f this body. 

Resolved that so soon as the above sum shall be secured, the forov 
5oing committee shall be authorised to make contract in behalf of this 
convention for such plantation as in their opinion will be found pro- 
perly adapted to the object to which it is to be appropriated. And 
further, that so sccfii as such contract shall be made, the same shall be 
reported to the president, in order/that should he deem it expedieitij 
^e may call a meeting of the board. 

Whereas reports are industriously circulated that it is the design of 
this Institution, by endeavoring to promote the education of young 
ministers, to suppress the preaching of those not favoured with sucH 
advantages ; — therefore Resolved that this Convention deeply regret 
that any person should be so wicked as to propagate such scandal, — 
and that any should be so weak as to give it credence ; — in as much as 
this body has so carefully guarded against any mistake on this subject, 
and every person of the most ordinary intelligence must know, that 
the Convention has not the power to affect such an object if they even 
possessed the inclination. 

Resolved that the tenth Art. of the Constitution be amended so as to 
read — "The Convention shall hold its meeting annually, commencing 
Friday preceding the first Lord's day in November at such places a^- 
it shall from time to time direct. 

Resolved that the next annual meeting of this body be held at Carth- 
ledge Creek Meeting House, Richmond County, commencing on Fri- 
day before the first Lord's day in November, 1833 ; that G. M. Thorn • 
son be requested to preach the introductory sermon, and T. Mercdiiii. 
the Conventional Sermon on Lord's day-, — and that Q. H. Trotman b^ 
the alternate of the former, and Wm. P. Biddle that of the latter. 

Resolved, That the committee appointed for the purpose of endea:-. 
vouring to obtain the funds belonging to the N. Carolina Baptist Mir* 
sionary Society, be continued ; ami that Allen S. Winn be added to 
that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to inquire concerning the funds of the 
Chowan Baptist Missionary Society, now extinct reported verbally 
that there were up fvynds belonging to that institution n^w a,tt;ai:-3^ 



'^'U. Thf^. report Avas ncceptefl, juid tlie f!i»mmfttee Oiscliargeft. 
Adjouric- 1 until to-morrow 9 o'clock. Hugh Quia prayed, 

TUESDAY, 7th. 

'j mC li:' ' ;.: .: convened according I'l a-ijouriiMient. Prayer by J. 
•Culpepper. The committee appointed to infonri brother Samuel Wait 
of his appoir.tment, vS;c. reported that brotiier AV. tiad agreed to cop- 
ply witli the proposal of the CwnventioD, and designed to enter forth- 
with upon the duties of his agency. 

iiesolved ilvat J. Culpeper, sen. J. G. Hall, and T. Meredith be a 
eommittee to prepare a system of BvE-IiAWf^ for the use ofthisCon- 
Acntion. and report at the opening of the next session. 

Mesolvtd that no member of the Board of this Convention ahall rt-f 
fjeive for any services which lie may render, an)'- pecuniary compen- 
sation from the funds of this institution. 

Resolved that, in addition to the thTf.e funds specified in tlie consti- 
:. jion; another and a distinct/Mna( shall be raised, for the special pur- 
pose of meeting the expenst.s of the Agency. 

Resolved' That the sum of one hundred dollars from tlie Hoijie 
Mission fund, be appropriated to the use of the Baptist Churcli at 
Wilmington, N. C. provided that, with this aid, they shall succeed in 
©htaiiiing for one year, the ser^'ices of such ministering brother, as the 
tt'Card of this Convention shall approve; 

'}'he Treasurer, after having had his accounts audited by the com- 
mittee appointed for the purpose, made his report ; which was appro- 
ved, and ordered to be published. [See appendix letter L.] 

The committee appointed to receive the contributions transmit- 
ted to the present meeting, &c. made their report, which was accepted 
and directed to be published. [See appendix letter I.] 

The delegates appointed at the last session of this body to attend 
tlie next ensuing meeting of the Convention of South Carolina, and 
1 hat of the General Association of Virginia, reported that they had 
mot attended. 

The Conventional Address, designed for the inspection of the pres- 
ent meeting, and a place in connection with the present documents, had 
liot been pre]jared. 

Resolved that William Hooper be requested to prepare a Circular 
Address by the time of the next session of this body. 

Resolved. That T. IMeredith be requested to prepare the proceedings 
of this meeting for the press, and cause to be published and circulated 
1500 copies. 

The meeting adjourned to the time and place already specified. — 
An address and prayer by the President. 

Note — It is tlie, intention of the agent in the prosecution of his 
Vv'ork, to spend tlie ensuing Winter in the Eastern section x)f the state; 
the Spring in passing along in the neighborhood of the Southern boun- 
dary ; — the Summer in the Western part; and the following Autumn, 
]^rior to the meeting of the Ccnventioa^ near the Neftli&rn limits. 



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li^ROCEEDlNGS OF TIW B0A1?0. 



Taesdai/ Afternoon, Aug. *ith. 

TkcSoardmd for business iijimcdiately after the adjournment ...of 
tie Convention. Brother G, E. Fennel prayed. 

William Jones and Patrick Conely, benefieiaries of thfi Board, who 
had been for several months under the instruction of brollicjr Thomp- 
son, were examined respecting the proficiency which they had made 
in their studies. 

it'e^o/y^f/ that the brethren Wm. Jones and P. Conely, be contin- 
ued under tlie instruction of Iftot'icr Thompson, lobe subject to the 
advice and general supervision of brother John Purify. 

Brother Benjamin Brown, a candidate for the benefit of instruction 
•g'ubject to the provision of the Board, underwent an examination on 
his religious experience, his call to the ministry, his doctrinal views, 
and his situation in life. 

Kcsolved that brother Jones be received as a beneficiary of this in- 
stitution, on condition that his pecuniary circumstaucos, upon further 
inquiiy, shall be found free from embarrassment. 

Eesolved, further, that brethren John Purify and Thomas Crocker 
Ire a committee, v/hose duty it sliall be to make immediate inquiry res- 
pecting the pecuniary situation of bro. Jones, and, provided it be fouuij 
free from embarrassment, to inform him of his acceptance by the Board^ 
and place him v,4th the other beneficiaries, under the instruction of 
bro. Thompson, and subject to the supervision of bro. Purify. 

Resolved that brethren Wni. P. Biddle, T. Meredith, J. Armstrong^ 
S. Graham, and A. Battle be a committee to visit the Baptist Churcl^ 
at Wilmington, inform the brethren there of the resolution adopted by 
the Convention in their favour, and should it meei, their views, co-ope^ 
yate with them in taking measures to carry the said resolution into 
immediate execution. 

Resolved, that bro. Jamas Dennis be employed as a Missionary of the 
Board for three months, to labour iii Johnson and Duplin Counties, and 
especially at Smithfield ; and that he be allowed 9$ 10 per month for his 
services. 

Resolved that bro. Eli Phillips be appointed a Missionary for tliis 
Board for two months, to travel and preach in the destitute region 
south west of Ashborough, Randolph County, and that he be alio\ved 
^20 per month for his services. 

Resolved that the next stated meeting of the Board be held at Cashie 
Meeting House, Bertie County, commencing on Friday before the 2d 
Lord's day in Ma^/, 1833. 

Resolved- that J. Armstrong preach the introductory Sermon, and 
that A. Battle be his alternate. 

Resolved That G. M. ■'^Iiomson preach the Sermon on Sunday ia 
behalf of the Convention, and that Wm. P. Biddle be his alternate. 

AdjQurne^ to the above tinic and place. Prayer by bro. J. PuriiV . 



[A.] 
REPORT OF HIE rOAKl). 

Since the last session of the Convention tlie Board ijn.s held tkr^ 
meetings ; th; first in April 1831, the second in August 1831, and tht 
third in J'cbruary 1832 ; at each of which they adopted such meaf^' 
uresas they considered best calculated to advance the difi<?i-eni objects 
«fthe institution. 

Anxious to promote the preaching of the Gospel to the utmost 
extent of their ability, the Board have had several missionaries em- 
ployed in travel/ ing- and preaching in diflcrent portions of the state, 
all of whom it is hoped, have been more or less useful. 

Bro. V>'illia:>i Bowd has been emplo]^d, at two diiferent periods, for 
Three months in a section of country in Stokes County, west of Salem, 
"where he states the people are uncommonly destitute of preaching. — 
He adds that he distiibuied a n\iraber of tracts which were eagerh' re- 
ceived ; — that the privileges of the gospel seemed to be highly appre- 
ciated ; — and tlial he trusts his labours have not been in vain. 

Bro. Eli Philips has been emplo^'cd six weeks in a region of couii- 
tiy in Randolph County, to the south west of Ashborough j— wliers 
he reports he lound the people remarkaWy destitute and anxious to 
hear the word of hfe. He also states that there was a great demand 
for tracts, and that many of the people were favourably" disposed to- 
wards the objects of the Convention. Brotlier Philips 'h?s ajso beeji 
occupied for two months, in conjujiction with brother Xoah flichard- 
ison in travelling and preaching in the Counties of Row"an, Surry, Ii"&- 
dell, Wilkes, Richmond, Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus. 

Bro. Jamls DE^'^-i3 has been employed three months in the counties 
of Wake, Johnston, and Sampson. The labours of tliis missionary 
have been very signally blessed. In and about !^:n ithfield the work of the 
Lord has been extensively and powerfully revived "by his instrumenta- 
lity : the consequence of M'hich has been the constitution of -a respect- 
able and efficient church. 

Bro. Ja's li. Warren has laboured in the employ of the Board six 
weeks in tliecounlieSjOf Onsiow and New Hanover." 

Bro. Tho's D. Armstrong has been in the employ of the Board t'»ro 
months in the counties of Wake, Halifax, Nash, Edgecomb, Chatham-^ 
Orange, Randolph, Moore, Anson, and 3Iontgomery. 

Bro. John Culpepper has been employed in the service of the 
Board one month hi preaching in the counties of CabraTus, Meckleir 
J^urg, and Rowan. 

Bro. Noah Richardson has been occupied in the service of the 
Board about five weeks preaching in connexion with bro. Eli Philips, 
in the counties of Rowan, Surry, Iredell, Willies, Richmond, Robeson,' 
Bladen and Columbus. 

_ From the preceding statement it appears that the Board has expend- 
ed, during the past conventional yenr, about 15 months of Missionary 
labour in those sections of the state which were considered most des 
titut^, and where it v/as believed that such labour could be employe/' 
m3 the greatest advantage. 

Aware of the utility of local or stationarT/ preaching-, and of the im- 
oortance to the Denomination, of .building up churches of our ordei- 
m the several totems of this state, the attention of the Board has been 
particularly directed to Wilmington, Raleigh, and Halifax, and com- 
mittees have been appointed to enquire into the expediency of locating 
a Baptist minister in each of the above mentioned places with direc- 



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tio}i&\o mtke report at tlic presrnt rnecniig of iLe Coiivwujo*^. 

With regard to Edvcation the IJoard has as yet been able to ac-- 
Ci>iiipiish but little. Two young breliiren, William Jones imd Patrick 
Conely, members and licentiates of Baptist churches in this statr^ 
have been receiving instruction, the latter ior 6 and the former for 12 
months, as beneficiaries of this institution. As the Convention had no 
iichool of its own as yet organized, and as brother George W. Thomp- 
son of V, ake county, had generou.nly offered to instruct gratioilovsly 
the beneficiaries of the i3oaid, it was deemed expedient to comply with 
his proposition^ and to place these two brethren under his care. The^^ 
have accordingly been in the school of brother Thompson until the 
present period, and it is believed have made as. much progress in their 
^jtudies as their circiunstances and opportunities would admit, 

]n conclusion the Board would mnark that, altho' as yet Init litllo 
has been accomplished, th(rv confidently look forward to no very dis- 
tant period, when the operatiojis of this institution will assume a posi-4 
Tion of respectability and of power, and cause their cheering and ren(cf 
vating influence to be felt in every secliou of the state. 
In bi^half of the Board, 

■ • A. J. BATTLE, Seen.ta!y"pio. tortju 

REPORT OF THE AGENT. 

Elder John Armstrong, Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist Sta,t> 
Convention of North Carolina. 

Dear Brother — In presenting an account of my labours during the 
past year for the use of the Convention, I deem it proper to remark, 
that at the close of the last session. 1 was requested to visit the C\iO\\m\ 
Association, which is composed of the churches located in the several 
gounties below the Roanoke river. 

Accordingly I had the pleasTire of attending that Association at 
Cashie, Bertie county, in the month of May of last year. The breth- 
ren gave me a very cordial reception. An invitation having been g\\- 
en to that effect, I laid l;eiore the Association the objects of the Conven- 
tion, and the progress that had then been made in our attempts to ad- 
vance them ; and I am happy in beinj.^ able to add, that immediately 
the most friendly and encouraging re:;ulutions were passed witlicut a 
single dissenting voice. 

Going up the country I preached to as many churches as I could 
take in my way, and continued my course westward till I had visited 
the counties of Ashe, Wilkes, and'Burke. W^hde in the upper part of 
the state, I had the pleasure of attending the annual meetings of the 
Mountain, Catawba River, and Brier Creek Associations, But in con- 
sequence of heavy rains it was not in my power to be present at th& 
meetings of the two first named, until, in one instance particularly, 
the business of the association was nearly closed. I had however an 
opportunity of explaining to these two bodies the objects of the Con- 
vention, and of inviting tiieir friendly co-operation. 

The meeting of the other Association I was able to attend in dufe 
season, and was much gratified to find the brethren ready to come ip- 
4,0 the measures of tlic l^^on vent ion, as soon as thenatureof the Insti- 
tution was fully understood. 

Late iji the autumn of last 3'ear I commenced my journey down th'® 
country. Particular care was taken to see those churches on vnj^^- 
.'turM; that had been vifitwl as I was going u^. By this arra|igement our 



ijriends liad all the fimc bctrro'ia mj visits for dellbcrciiian ou tlie mea- 
sures proposed to them. And in most instances the most decisivo 
proof was given when tliey came to subscribe, that the importance o! 
the work before ns was duly appreciated. 

In the prosecution of my business tlis past year, a phm in most casef? 
has been adopted, differing in some respects, from the one generally 
pursued the year before. ^Instead of attempting the formation of regu- 
lar societies, auxiliary to liie Convention, I liave labored to give a^ 
much of permanency as possible to our movements by other and more 
shnple methods. By thi^s course I liavc secured for. the Convention 
quite as much assistance as y.ould otherwise have been obtained, &wilh 
much less loss of time. In some instances however, where such in- 
sititutions were better understood, auxiliary socieiies have been regu- 
larly formed. Such a course in every instance has been pursued as 
appeared to be most acceptalile to all the fi'iends concenied. 

it M^as my intention to have visited in the course of the past year ac- 
cording to the request of the Convention, every society that had beeu 
formed during the year before. To accomplish this object, my plan 
was carefully formed, and ever}- arrangement in due season made. — 
But circumstances over which I could have no control, have prevented 
in part the accomplishment of the object embraced in my plan. In 
§uch instances, to prevent any inconvenience happening to the soci.e- 
ties, in consequence of ni}^ failing to visit them. I have requested tlie 
aid of some of my ministering brethren. 

As was expected, great pains have been taken by those opposed to the' 
Convention, to introduce among the congregations who aided us last 
year, pamphlets tilled with misrepresentations and the lowest abuse. — 
And although in some instances from a want of correct informa'tion, 
individuals may be found whose minds haveljeen injured by such pub- 
lications, the great body of our friends have stood firm and mmioved. 
It is indeed a most gratifying circumstance that scarcely an instance 
c-an be found of the abandomnerit of the missionary enterprize by any 
individual v.iiose opinion had been made up after the subject had beesi 
^•fairly and correctly brought before him. 

Besides the Chowan Association, the Neuse, the Sandy Creek, the 
Brier Creek, and the Yadkin Associations, have all since our last meet- 
ing, taken the most friendly notice of the convention, and resolved i& 
give us aid. 

Many of the churches belonging to the Pec Dee and other Associa- 
tions have also been visited, and it is a source of much ^satisfaction to 
be able to state, that, in nearly every instance, a spirit has been mani- 
fested decidedly friendlj^ to this institution. Especialh'- has this beea 
manifested in all those places where correct information in regard t# 
missions and the other institutions of the present daj* has been gene- 
rally ditfused. 

One of the greatest obstacles with which I have had to contend ever 
.^ince I commenced my agency is the want of the very information 
ihat I have just mentioned. 

It is worthy of special notice that no book, pamphlet, or sermon, 
xmtten against missions, has yet been found, which is not filled witk 
misrepresentations. Nor is this all ; — it is not only true that misstato- 
nients are to be found in these publications, but also in many instances. 
the most scurrilous abuse. All these publications however, instead of 
•injuring the cause they slander, M'ould only sink their respective au- 
'-thors into absolute contempt, i-f the community at iarge were well ju 



formed The abuse of which I am spoakiiior, i^ R^ost eases is so per- 
feoilv obvious, that with only a sliirlit acquaintancn with the move- 
ments of the dav it can be easily detnctr,}. Ikit ir jf^ too often the case 
that 1 find myself in congregations composed to a fi];cat external per- 
sons totally imac(inainted with the subject of nih^siWy. It is pertectly 
astoiiishinff to find what monstrous talcs have been propagat?d among 
this class of persons, and by them believed-, and it is pamful m the 
extreme to see how far in some mstances, brethren of more unorma- 
tion and occasionally ministers of the cospel, have employed and are 
now employing their iniiuence to keep up a delusion which cannot, by 
any possibiiitv. benefit a single person, but which injures multitiides;-. 
and ifom- brethren could be induced to examine with candor lor them- 
selves, they would see could at once be dispelled. 

It will easily be seen that w^e have long laboured under great and 
A-ery serious disadvantages in this state, from the want of :. well con- 
ducted religious journal. Such a paper we might hope, bemg adaptea 
to the existing state of our churches, would be productive of the oest, 
consequences. Much information on important subjects could be im- 
parted to the churches and our congregations at large, many prejudi- 
ces removed, and the way soon prepared for securing to the conven- 
tion annuallv, a larger amount of aid. 

Bet notwithstanding all the obstacles we have had to surmount, we 
'^haU find on a review of the brief history of our institution, much cause 
for aratitude to God, and for continued confidence in lum. In the first 
place I may remark ihat Avehave had more preaching m many sections 
of the sate, since the formation of the Convention, than we should 
otherwise have enjoyed. It should also be mentioned with the deepest 
humility that in several instances the labours of our brethren wlio 
b.ave been encouraged to ride and preach, have been signally blessed 
of God, to the awakening of precious souls. Nor should it m the next 
place be forgotten, that, a spirit of inquiry, upon the subject of mis- 
sions has been extensively excited. . ♦!, 

Althoui-h ell'ortd to some extent, had been made a few years mst to arouse me 
s'umbeib°v ener^ries of our churches and congreiTations, little, comparatively 
^peakin^-, had actually been accompUshtd;— and still it is adnuttcd that muca 
remains'to be done. ' But we may be permitted to rejoice at the tact, that from tfio 
readincr of the Memoirs of IVfe. Judson, and several rphgious periodicals, and a.- 
so from the many public addresses made by myself and other?, a s})irit ot inqinry 
upon the suljcct of missions is now more generally awakened m our state, thau 
has been at anv fjrraer period. .. . * v i 

This is uvanifestod in part bv the character of «ic opposition against which w- 
have to contend. Prgbably at" no f^rn^cr pcrioJ have the leadevs in thc^oppo.sUu>:i 
been more exasperated or disposed to descend to more coarse aou^e. A\ ben IKlle 
or rothinfr was attempted towards aiding in the spread ot the gospel but bttle it 
any thi:v°w^.;; said ajiainst it. Nor was it until some progress had" been made in 
our work" that the opposing brethren began to manifest concern. , , - • 

In addition to this, the great accession to the number efttie friends of mis- 
sions mi'Tht be mentioned as showing the extensive operation oi the missionary 
soirit §ome hundreds of our brethren, and sisters, and other friends, who, at the 
time of our last meeting, were decidedly opposed us, are now amono; our warmest 
friends In this number are to l)e found several of our ministering brethren. 

Since our la.'^t meeting I have preached 2138 sermons and assisted m the admin- 
istration of the Lord^s Supper 5 times. The state ofreUi^ion in most of the chur- 
ches in North Carolina is extremelv low. In too many places discipline i.-, quue 
ncLdected. and but little is atte;upted that is well adapted to proinote pure and un- 

%n «omStancos, it is true, sabbath schools arc cstabUshed and wdl conduct- 
€d • tracts are circulated, and rcligioae periodicals are read, and eflorts made &r 



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t^ Supprerflon of intemp^^'cnc^ ; but in fraany SiKitlons ofiuir j>tate. xt(d ont Vjf 
these ai^rantacres is enjoyed. But though we have cause to woep over the lovr 
stato^of our Zion generally, we are permitted to rejoice that jthe Lord hasjnot Ht- 
ferly forsaken ns. 

Several clmrches^in the counties of Wake, Johnston, Franklin. Nash, Anson., 
and Moutgoaieiy, and the town of Newbera, have had seasons of refreshing from 
the presence of the Lord. 

In the prosecution of the business of my airency two things have been kept con- 
stantly in view. First, the importance of stating, with the utmost care, s" :h« 
objects of the Convention, and our ruethod for Ringing together the ',:o i.f?tx 
those disposed to assist us ; and in the next place all the congregutiot's heve been 
distinctly told th-'t our expectations were moderate, and'that we solicited r.o more 
aid, than coiild be cheerfully given without regarding the convf-ntion rxfi. a burden. 
Perhaps 1 ought to add, that all our friends have been atiectionately informed, that 
if any of the members of our churches should think proper to withhold their aid, 
that ciicunistMuce would in no case, be regarded by us as a bar to coiiununion. 

In all my j:urneyings the past y( ar, I Lave experienced the same kindness from 
the people among whom I have travelled, that was mentioned in my other report. 
On the whole I am sati.-fied, my brother, that our Convention was brought into 
existence at the proper time : and our motto should \ie "onward." The signs of 
the times are encouraging. Our brethren in many of the states are successfully 
employed in the promotion of the same objects embraced in this institution. 

See too, what the Lord is ifoing at nearly all the Missionary statiiins abroad. — 
In the same lands tfcat have, during so many centuries been the abode of sm and 
of death, the scriptures are now publi.shed, the gospel is preached, sinners are con- 
verted to God, and christian churches planted. 

That you my dear brother, and this whole Convention, may be pern)ittcd to. 
"bear some humble part, as instruments in the hands of God, in the promotion oi' 
such objects is the fervent prayer of your friend and brother, 

SAMUEL WAIT, General Agent. 

REPORT O^ THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The committee on Foreign Missions beg leave to report, that agreeably to the 
best information which they bave been able to obtain, the following facts are enti- 
tled to the attention ef this body. 

The General Convention of the Bapti'^t denomination for Foreign Missions, 
through whose agency our Foreign Mission Funds are appropriated to their des- 
tined object, held an unusually interesting session lasi April in N. York. 'I'here 
■were present about 150 delegates, this b<^ing oiore than double the number that 
"were assembled on ?ny previous occasion of the kind. The amount of funds paid 
in durmg the session, as nearly as can be recollected was upwards of 12,0()0 dol- 
lars, which added to those prcviougly on hand produced an amount of more thsvi 
50,000 dollars. Several states, among which as you know, wa-s North Carolina 
were represented on this occasion for the first time. The reports from the vari- 
ous Mission stations, both foreign and domestic, were unconmionly interesting. 
The harmony of sentiment, the increasing s}arit of Christian enterprize. and tlys 
general feehng of encouragement, which pervaded the deliberations of that bodj^, 
were exceedingly gratif\ ing to those who were present, and gave intimation of th« 
most prosperous results. 

The latest accounts wliich have been received from the Mission stations in th« 
Burman Empire, to the interests of which our funds are applied, were of th« 
most encouraging kind. The views and plans of our Missionaries in that region 
were rapidly expanding. The work of translating the scriptures was regularly 
advancing. The number of missionaries and missionary stations was gradually 
Increasing, and the Lord was clearly and gloriously prospering their labours. 

It deserves to be particularly remarked, that in that land of darkness, where 20 
years ago. the christian religion was utterly unknown, there is now a number of 
Baptist churches, each of which is regularly supplied with the administration of 
^le word and ordinations of the gospel, and occasionally refreshed and re^'ived hv 
the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit. 

A vdry few weeks since two yming brethren, ti^th their edmj!^ni6ns, di!e a'piT- 



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te?Ster and tire other a printer, set sail from Bo.stoii fer this r,egj(pn of Idoldtiy a»(l 
degradation. When thcso shall arrive, there will then be uptvards of "20 Ame- 
rican Missionaries in the Burinan Empire ; and still there are room and a demand for 
more. And accordingly tlie Board oxpect to send out others as soon as circumr 
stances will possibly admit. 

Your committee feel assured that the funds which may be transmitted trom thf# 
body ibr that object will be faithfully and prolitably apphed. ThfV are strongly 
-impressed with the sense of the importance of oar "iNlission stttions'in the Last. — 
They are rejoiced to ste the inrrei.se of Aiissionary spirit in this body, as indicated 
by the unusual enlargeujentotthe i-'or. Mis. Fund. And they gladly and cordially 
lecommend thi? important branch of Missionary operatiuns to the future attentioa 
of this Institutio, 

Such are only a few of the fekcts connected with this interesting object. A» 
they have been stated from memory tliey may not be, in all respects, absolutely 
free from mistake. It is believed however tliat they will be found upon examina- 
tion to be substantially correct. As such they are respectfully submitted to the 
Conbideration of this Convention. 

T. MEREDITH, Chairman. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE on HOME MISSIONS. 

The Committee on Domestic Missions have had the subject under considera> 
<Won, and beg leave to submit the following Rlport : 

From information received from various sections of the state, we are happy to 
learn, that the labours of the Missionaiies in .some places have been blessed to the 
conversion of many precious souls ; and there is certainly great encouragement 
tor us to send out preachers to the full extent of our means. We entertain no 
iloubt that the opposition to the Convention and the objects its friends have in 
view, would be lessened very much if there were more Itinerants ; for when the 
children of God who are oppused to exertions of tlie kind (and that there are such 
your committee have no doubt) find that the blessing of the Lord follows, it has a 
tendency to remove their objections. We have no hesitation in saying, that the 
indefatigable labours of our Agent and Missionaries have removed prejudices and 
gained many friends to the cause. 

Your committee are aware, as ycu must all be, that there yet remains much to 
be done. There are many destitute places in our state, some of which we will 
mention. In the county of Brunswick, on the sea board, there is not a single or- 
dained Baptist preacher ; in AVilmington and all the lower part of New Hano- 
ver, the people are entirely destitute of preacliiag by f.ny min' ters of our order. 
That part of Onslow, thut lies along the sea coast is also ciesutute. In Halifax 
County, we understand there is no Baptist preacher, and the prospect of good be- 
ing done there is very flattering, could the people only have preaching among 
them. The northern part of Stokes County and some parts of Surry are very 
destitute, and in a deplorable situation as to matters of religion. Robeson county 
i's also without a preacher. 

Your Committee are of opinion that our cause would be advanced by reducing 
the pay of our Missionaries, as thereby a gi-eater number could be employed ; and 
we do believe that every minister of the Gospel ought to be willing to make sou^e 
sacrifices to promote the best of causes. 

In addition to the above, your comm.ittee have received the cheering intelligence 
that the labours of Elder Jamr- r>'r/.ii<^, wliore services have been confined most- 
ly to the counties of Wake and Johnston, ha.ve been w^ondcrfuUy blessed in Smith- 
field, in the aforesaid county, where the people, betbre the commencement of his 
labours among.st them, seemed to care nothing about religion, and where but onf, 
or two professors of religion resided, a church has been recently constituted thro' 
his instrumentality consisting of between 40 and 50 members. Surely the desert 
has rejoiced and blossomed as the rnc«^. We have been further informed that the 
(.'ounty of Tyrrell is very destituLo of patching and that it is an encouraging 
Ttlace tbr missionary exertions. RespectfuJlj submitted. 

JOHN PURIFY, Cbairmara 



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TIEI'ORT ON EDUCATION. 

The ^OKiTr.virc t>ii Education having ffivcn to the subject pubmittpd to th«na 
the best considt^ri'tion which tlioir time and the limited intbrmation at their com- 
mand have enabled them, beg leave to present the following Re'^ort : 

That we think it expedient and highly important to alford to our young min- 
isters facilities fpr obtaining st7ch an education as will qualify- them to Iw * able 
minister* of th«» New Testament. That for this purpose the plan which has re- 
commended itself to us as combining the greatest advantages, is t. he purchase of 
a f.o-nj in a suitable situation, furnished with coi.nnofious buildings ;— the exa- 
ployment of a teacher of proper qualifications, who shall t^ake charge of the l>ene- 
ficiaries of the Convention and such other pupils as his duties to them may ena- 
ble him to attend to; — and the engagement of a sujierintendant of tlie farm wh» 
shall direct the manual Iibours of the young men -who shall have an op]X)rtunity, 
by their cultivation of the soil, to earn their sub.sistence. or to pay for their board. 

Til" CommiLtee have ascertained tliat such a farm as will be well suited tbrcar- 
ryin;? their views into immediate operation, can be had in the county of Wake, 
within 15 miles of the city of Raleigh, for the sum of S200(> : a sum which they 
believe it to be well worth. They recommend therefore, that th» Conventioii 
if they approve the measure, do appoint a Board .of Trustees, such board consist- 
ing, if they please, of the Board of Managers, who -shall apj)oint agents to solicit 
sulwc.riptions /or ih is object from the members and friends of our denominatiou 
in all [.'arts of our state. The committee tliink that such an experiment as this 
will decide the question whether this jirojfct will receive the general approlwition 
of our churches or not. If it sliould, the purchase money will be obtained, if not. 
the subscripti'M of course will stand void. 

The comrnut'^e believe tliat a school of the kind, and in the situation they pro- 
poi?e would meet the patronage of the denomination generally, and would proba- 
bly from the beginning support itself, without being any expense to the Cenven- 
tion. The farm they have in view is highly rccommeoded by its central, conveni- 
ent, and healthy situation, by tiie moral and enlightened character of the sur- 
rounding pojiulation. and by cheapness of living. 

Should the Convention however not concur with the above recommendation, 
I heir committee would pro{X).se that a correspondence be opened with the maJia- 
gersof similar institutions in the adjoining states, with a view to ascertain whe- 
ther any combination of effort could be made by which our pious youth could 
share with theirs in availing themselves of means cf cd'.ication already in opera- 
tion. The committee further report that the Board of Manacrers have had under 
their care two benefiL-iaries durini the past year but that they have reason to be- 
lieve many pious youth are now in the state, who would come forward and ofl'er 
themselves for education, if such an institution as the one proposed, were once 
seen to be in existence. All which is respectfuUv submitted. 

W. HOOPER, Chairman. 



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REPORT OF THB COMMITTEE ON TRACTS. 
The committee on Tracts beji leave to Rfport — That it is evident that Tracts 
have oeen signally blessed of God to the conversion of sinners, and tothe diffusion. 
of light and coinfort to christians, in those rcaions in which they have been circu- 
lated. Your committee would therefore recommend the establishment of Tract 
Societies in thediilerent churches, and an extensive circulation of them through- 
out the stale. They would also recommend tliit each ii!em}>er of this Conven- 
tion encourage and "promote the object of the Baptist general Tract establishment 
as far as is praxticable in th.c region in which he reside s. 

JAMES M.i-•DA^TEL, Chairma*. 



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PI?0( EEDINGS OF THE BOARD. 



Tuesday Afternoon, Aug. IfJi, 

The. 'Ooartl met for business iimnediatciy after the adjournnieiit of 
the Convention. Brother G. E. Fennel prayed. 

William Jones and Patrick Conely, beneficiaries of the Board, who 
had been for several i;ionlhs under the instruction of brother Thomp- 
son, were examined respecting the proficiency which they had made 
in their studies. 

Resolved that the brethren Wm. Jones and P. Conely, be contin- 
ued under the instruction of brother Thompson, to be subject to the 
advice and general supervision of brother Jolm Purify. 

Brother Benjamin Brown, a candidate for the benefit of instructioa 
subject to the provision of the Board, underwent an examination on 
his religious experience, his call to the ministry, his doctrinal vieAvs, 
and his situation in life. 

Rt^olvcd that brother Jones be received as a beneficiary of this in- 
stitution, on condition that his pecuniary circumstances, upon further 
inquiry, shall be found free from embarrassment. 

Resolved, further, that brethren John Purify and Thomas C:rocker 
be a committee, whose duty it shall be to make immediate inquiry res- 
pecting the pecuniary situation of bro. Jones, and, provided it be found 
free from embarrassment, to inform him of his acceptance by the Board, 
and place him with the other beneficiaries, under the instruction of 
bro. Thompson, and subject to the supervision of bro. Purify. 

Resolved that brethren Wm. P. Biddle, T. Meredith, J. Armstrong, 
S. Graham, and A. Battle be a committee to visit the Baptist Church 
at Wilmington, inform the brethren there of the resolution adopted by 
the Convention in their favour, and should it meet their views, co-ope- 
rate with them in taking measures to carry the said resolution into 
immediate execution. 

Resolced that bro. James Dennis be employed as a Missionary of the 
Board for three months, to labour in Johnson and Duplin Counties, and 
especially at Smithfield ; and that he be allowed ^10 per month for his 
services. "* 

Resolved that bro. Eli Phillips be appointed a Missionary for this 
Board for two months, to travel and preach in the destitute region 
south west of Ashborough, Randolph County, and that he be allowed. 
$20 per month for his services. 

Resolved that the next stated meeting of the Board be held at Cashie 
Meeting House, Bertie County, commencing on Friday before the 2d 
Lord's day in May, 1833. 

Resolved that J. Armstrong preach the introductory Sermon, and 
that A. Battle be his alternate. 

Resolved, That G. M. Thomson preach the Sermon on Sunday iu. 
behalf of the Convention, and that Wm. P. Biddle be his alternate. 

Adjourned t* the above time and place. Prayer by bro. J. Purifi', 



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REPORT OF THE rOAKO. 

Since the last session of the Convention the Hoard has JK-ld three 
meetings ; the first in April 1831. the sefond in August \b\ii, and the 
tkird in February 1832 ; at each of which they adopted such meas- 
tiresas they considered best calculated to advance the diifi^cnt objecur 
of the institution. 

Anxious to promote the preaching of the Gospel to the utmost 
extent of tlieir abihty, the Board have had several missionaries em- 
ploj^ed in travelUng and preaching in difterent portions of the state, 
ail of whom it is hoped, have been more or less useful. 

Bro. AViLLiAM Down has been employed, at two diiferent periods, for 
three months in a section of country in Stokes County, west of Salem, 
where he states the people are uncommonly destitute of preaching. — 
He adds that he distributed a number of tracts which were eagerly re- 
ceived; — that the privileges of the gospel seemed to be highly appre- 
ciated ; — and tJiat he trusts his labours have not been in vain. 

Bro. Eli Philips has been employed six v/eeks in a region of couh- 
try in Randolph County, to the south west of A.shborough ; — whcrf. 
he reports he found the people remarkably destitute and anxious to 
hear the word of life. Me also states that there was a great demand 
for tracts, and that many of the people were favourably disposed to- 
wards the objects of the Convention. Brother Philips has also been 
occupied for two months, in conjunction with brother Xoah Richard- 
son in travelling and preaching in tlie Countie? of Rowan, Surry. Ire- 
dell, Wilkes, Richmond. Robeson. Bladen, and Columbus. 

Bro. J^AiEs Dennis has been empio)-ed three months in the counties 
of ^^'ake, Johnston, and Sampson. The labours of this missionary- 
have been very signally blessed. In and about Sm ithfield the work of the 
Lord has been extensively and powerfully revived by his instrumenta- 
lity : the consequence of w-hich has been the constitution of a respect- 
able and efhcieiit church. 

Bro. Ja's L. Warren has laboured in tlie employ of the Board six 
tt'eeks in the counties of Onslow and New Hanover. 

Bro. Tho's D. Armstrong has been in the employ of the Board two 
months in the counties of Wake, Halifax. Nash. Edgecomb. Chatham, 
Orange, Randolph. Moore, Anson, and Montgomery. 

Bro. John Culplpper has been employed in the service of the 
Board one month in preaching in the counties of Cabarrus, Mecklen- 
burg, and Rowan. 

Bro. Noah Richardson has been occupied in the service of the 
Board about five weeks preaching in connexion v, ith bro. Eli Philips, 
in the counties of Rowan, Surry, Iredell, Wilkes, Richmond, Robeson, 
Bladen and Columbus. 

From the preceding statement it appears that the Board has expend- 
ed, during the past conventional yeai', about 15 months of Missionary 
labour in those sections of the state which were considered most des- 
titute, and where it was believed that such labotir could be employed 
to the greatest advantage. 

Aware of the utility of local or stationary preaching, and of the im- 
portance to the Denomination, of building ttp churches of our order 
in the several to^Tts o{ this state, the attention of the Board has been 
particularly directed to Wilmington, Raleigh, and Halifax, and com- 
mittees have been appointed to enquire into the expediency of locating 
a Baptist minister in each of the above mentioned places 'with direo 



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tSons to make report ;it the prosont meeting of the Convention. 

With regard to Edncntion the Board has as yet been able to ac- 
complish but little. Two young brethren, William Jones and Patrick 
Conely. members and licentiates of Baptist churches in this state 
have been receiving instrnction, the latter tor 6 and the former for 12 
months, as beneficiaries of this institution. As the Convention had no 
school of its own as yet organized, and as brother George W. Thomp- 
son of Wake county, had generously offered to instruct gratuitovsiy 
the beneticiaries of the Board, it was deemed expedient to comply with 
his proposition, and to place these two brethren under his care. They 
have accordingly been in the school of brother Thompson until the 
present period, and it is believed have made as much progress hi iheic 
studies as their circumstances and opportunities would admit. 

In conclusion the Hoard would remark that, altho' as yet but little 
has been accomplished, they confidently look forward to no very dis- 
tant period, when the operations of this institution will assume a posi- 
tion of ivspect ability and of power, and cause their cheering and ren©* 
vatjng influence to be felt in every section of the state. 
In behalf of the Board, 

A. J. BATTLE, Secretary pro. tern. 

REPORT OF THE AGENT. 

Elder John Armstrong, Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist Slate 
Convention of North Carolina. 

Dear Brother — In presenting an account of my labours during the 
past year for the use of the Convention, I deem it proper to remark, 
that at the close of the last session, I w^as requested to visit the Chowan 
Association, which is composed of the churches located in the several 
counties below the Roanoke river. 

Accordingly I had the pleasure of attending that Association at 
Cashie, Bertie county, in the month of May of last year. The breth- 
ren gave me a very cordial reception. An invitation having been giv- 
en to that effect, I laid before the Association the objects of the Conven- 
tion, and the progress that had then been made in our attempts to ad- 
vance them ; and I am happ}^ in being able to add, that im.mediately 
the most friendly and encouraging resolutions were passed without a 
single dissenting voice. 

Going up the country I preached to as rr any churches as I could 
take in my way, and continued my course westward till I had visited 
the counties of Ashe. Wilkes, and Burke. While in the upper part of 
the Slate, 1 had the pleasure of attending the annual meetings of the 
Mountain, C atawba River, and Brier Creek Associations. But in con- 
sequence of heavy rains it was not in my power to be present at the 
meetings of the two first named, until, in one instance particularly, 
the business of the association was nearly closed. I had however an 
opportunity of explaining to these two bodies the objects of the Coa- 
vention, and of inviting their friendly co-operation. 

The meeting of the other Association I was able to attend indue 
season, and was much gratified to find the brethren ready to come in- 
to the measures of the Convention, as soon as the nature of the Insti- 
tution was fully understood. 

Late in the autumn of last year I commenced my journey down the 
country. Particular care was taken to see those churches on my re- 
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fi'iends had aU the time beiue r-n my visits for ddibenuion on the mea- 
sures proposed to them. And in most instances the most d-^cisive 
proof was given when they came to subscribe, that the iniportauce of 
the work before us was duly appreciated. 

In the prosecution of ray business the past year, a plan in most cases 
has been adopted, differing in some respects, from the one generally 
pursued the year before. Instead of attempting the formation of regu- 
lar societies, ^^iixiiiary to the Convention, I have labored to give as 
much of permanenc)* as possible to our movements by other and more 
simple m.ethcds. By this course I have secured for the Convention 
quite as much assistance as would otherwise have been obtained, «^;_ with 
much less loss of time. In some instances however, where si-, h in- 
stitutions were better understood, auxiliary societies have bee' . regu- 
larly formed. Such a course in every instance has been pu.-jed as 
appeared to be most acceptable to all the friends concerned. 

ft was my intention to have visited in the course of the past year ac- 
cording to the request of the Convention, every society that had been 
formed during the year before. To accomxplish this object, my plan 
was carefully formed, and every arrangement in due season made. — 
But circumst<mces ovci* which I could have no control, have prevented 
in part the accomplishment of the object embraced in my plan. In 
such instances, to prevent any inconvenience happening to the socie- 
ties, in consequence of my failing to visit them, I have requested the 
aid of some of my ministering brethren. 

As was expected, great pains have been taken by those opposed to the. 
Convention, to introduce among the congregations wlio aided us last 
vear. pamphlets filled with misrepresentations and the lowest abuse. — 
And although in some instances from a want of correct information, 
individuals may be found whose minds have been injured by such pub- 
lications, the great body of our friends have stood tirm and unmoved. 
It is indeed a most gratifying circumstance that scarcely an instance 
can be found of the abandonment of the missionary enterprize by any 
individual vrhose opinion had been made up after the subject had been 
fairly and correctly brought before him. 

Besides the Chowan Association, the Neuse, the Sandy Creek, the 
Brier Creek, and the Yadkin Associations, have all since our last meet- 
ing, taken the most friendly notice of the convention, and resolved to 
give us aid. 

IVIany of the churches belonging to the Pee Dee and other Associa- 
tions have also been visited, and it is a source of much satisfaction to 
be able to state, that, in nearly every instance, a spirit has been mani- 
fested decidedly friendly to this institution. Especially has this been 
manifested in all those places where correct information in regard to 
missions and the other institutions of the present day has been gene- 
jall}'- diffused. 

.One of the gi*ea(est obstacles with which I have had to contend ever 
since I commenced my agency is the want of the very information 
that I have just mentioned. 

It is worthy of special notice that no book, pamphlet, or sermon, 
written against missions, has yet been found, which is not filled whh 
misrepresentations. Nor is this all ;— it is not only true that misstate- 
ments are to be found in these pubhcations, but also in many instances, 
the most scurrilous abuse. All these publications however, instead of 
injuring the cause they slander, would only sink their respective au- 
vliors into absolute contempt, if the community at large were well in- 



13 

formed. The abuse of which I am speaking, m most cases is so pei 
fectly obvious, that with only a sHght acquaintance with the move* 
menis of the day it can bo easily detected. But it is too often the case 
that I find myself in congregations composed to a groftt extent of per- 
sons totally unacquainted with the subject of missions. It is perfectly 
astonishing to find what monstrous tales have been propagated among- 
this class of persons, and by them believed ; and it is painful in the 
extreme to see how far in some mstances, brethren of more informa- 
tion, and occasionally ministers of tlie gospel, have employed and are 
now employing their influence to keep up a delusion which cannot, by 
any possibility, benefit a single person, but which injures multitudes;— 
and if our brethren could be induced to examine with candor for them- 
selves, they would see could at once be dispelled. 

It will easily be seen that we have long laboured under great and 
very serious disadvantages in this state, from the want of a v/ell con- 
ducted religious journal. Such a paper we might hope, being adapted 
to the existing state of our churches, would be productive of the best 
consequences. Much information on important subjects could be im- 
parted to the churches and our congregations at large, many prejudi- 
ces removed, and tlie way soon prepared for securing to the conven- 
tion annually, a larger amount of aid. 

But notwithstanding all the obstacles we have had to surmount, we 
shall find on a review of the brief history of our institution, much cause 
for gratitude to God, and for continued confidence in him. In the first 
place I may remark that we have had more preaching in many sections 
of the sate, since the formation of the Convention, than we should 
otherwise have enjoyed. It should also be mentioned with the deopest 
humility that in several instances the labours of our brethren who 
have been encouraged to ride and preacli, have been signally blessed 
of God, to the awakening of precious souls. Nor should it in the next 
place be forgotten, that a spirit of inquiry, upon the subject of mis- 
sions has been extensively excited. 

AUhough efforts to some extent, had been made a few years past to arouse the 
slumberhig energies of our churches and congregations, little, comparativelv' 
speaking, had actually been accomplished ; — and still it is admitted tliat much 
remains to be done. But we may be permitted to rejoice at the fact, tliat from the 
readmg of the Memoirs of Mrs. Judson, and several religious periodicals, and al- 
so from the many public addresses made by myself and others, a spirit of inquiry 
upon the subject of missions is now more generally awakened in our state, than 
has been at any former period. 

This is manifest^ in part by the character of the opposition against which we 
have to contend. Prgbably at no former period have the leaders in the opposition 
been more exasperated or disposed to descend to more coarse al)use. When little 
or nothing was attempted towards aiding in the spread of the gospel, but little if 
any thing was said against it. Nor wiis it until some progress had been made in 
our work, that the opposing brethren began to manifest concern. 

In addition to this, the great accession to the number ©fthc friends of mis- 
sions Uiight be mentioned as showing the extensive operation of the missionary 
spirit. Some hundreds of our brethren, and sisters, and other friends, who, at the 
time of our last meeting, were decidedly opposed us, are now among our warmest 
friends. In this number arc to be found several of our ministering brethren. 

Since our last meeting I have preached '2G8 sermons and asfusted in the admin- 
istration of the Lord's Supper 5 times. The state of religion in most of the chur- 
ches in North Carolina is extremely low. In too many places discipline is quite 
neglected, and but little is attempted that is well adapted to promote pure and un- 
dcfiled religion. 

In some instances, it is true, sabbath schools are established and well conduct- 
ed ; tracts are circulated, and rcligioas periodicals are read, and eff^rt.s made for 



14 

the suppression of mtemperpncr ; but^in •m: :-it seclibns of oar statr,*not or)? of 
these a'ivnntarros is enjoyed. But 'hou'ih we have cause to weep over the low 
state of OUT Zion generally, we are per.nitted to rejoice that the Lord hasjnot ut 
terly forsaken ii";. 

Several churches in the counties of Wake. ^Johnston, Franklin, Nash, Anson, 
and MontgoineiV, and the town of Newbern,have had serisons of refreshing from 
the p'-esenre of the Lord. 

In the p:->s<'r.ution of the bisiness of my aijency two things have been kept con- 
stantly in view. First, the imi)ortance of stating, with the utmost care, all the 
objects of the Convention, and our method for bringing together the aid of ail 
those disponed to assist us ; and in the next place all the congrrgutions hnve been 
distinctly told that our expectation^ were morlcrate. and that we solicited no more 
aid, than could he cheerfully given without regar'ling the convention as a burden. 
Perhaps I ought to adu. that all our friends have been aliectionateiy informed, that 
if any of the members of our churches should think proper to withhold their aid, 
that civcumstdiice would in no case, be regarded by us as a bar to roinmunion. 

In all my journenuiis the past yi ar, I have experienced the same kindness from 
the people among whorn I have tr'iv •1!pl1. th;it was mentioned in my other report. 
On the whole. I am sati>fied. my b other, that our Convention was brought into 
existence at the proper time : and our ir.otto should be "onward. "' The signs of 
the times are en':'oara,<rin2. Our brethren in many of the states are successfully 
employed in the promotion of the sainc objects embraced in this institution. 

See too. what the Lord is doing at nearly all the Missionary stations abroad.-^ 
In the same lands that iiave. during so many centuries been the abode of sin and 
of dcith, the scriptures are now published, the gospel is prcachedj sinners are con- 
verted to God, and christian church, s planted. 

Tliat vou wy dear brother, -xno this v. hole Convention, may be permitted f» 
bea^ tiomehtimble part, as instruments in the hands of God. in the promotion of 
such objects is the fervent prayer of vour friend and brother, 

' SAMUEL WAIT, General Agent. 



[C] 
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OX FOREIGN MiSSIOXS. 

The committee on Foreign ^Missions beg leave to report, that agreeably to thf 
best inf)rm^tion wl;ich they have been able to obtain, the following facts are enti- 
tled to the ;.tteiition ef this body. 

The General Convention of the Bnptist denomination for Foreign Missions, 
thrcu^b whose ngency our Foreign Mission Funds are appropriated to their des- 
tined object, held'an unusually interesting session last April in N. York. There 
•were prt^sent about 150 delegates, this being more than double the number that 
•were pssemblfd on anv previou.s occasion of the kind. The amount of funds paid 
in durinti tne session as nearly as can be recollected was upwards of 1'2 000 dol- 
lars, which added to those pre\-ioU6iy on hand produced an amount of more than 
5O.OO1') dollar <. Several states, among which as you know, was North Carolina, 
we' '^ r presented on this occasion f.)r the first time. The reports from the vari- 
ous Mission stations, both foreign and domestic, were uncommonly interesting. 
The harmony of sentiment, the increasing spirit of Christian enterprize, and the 
general feelitig of encouragement, which pervaded the deliberations of that body, 
■were exceedingly sfratifving to those who were present, and gave intimation of the 
most pr.">5perous results. 

'L'he latest account? which have been received from the Mission stations in the 
Burrhan Empire, to the interests of which our funds are applied, were of the 
most encouraging kind. The views and plans of our Missionaries in that region 
were rapidly expanding. The work of tran.slating the scriptures was regularly 
advancin?. The number of missionaries and missionary stations was gradually 
increasing, and the Lord w^.s clearly and gloriously prospering their labours. 

It deserves to be particularly remarked, that in that land of darkness, where ?f> 
years ago, the christian religion was utterly unknown, there is now a number of 
Baptist churches, each of which is regularly supplied with the administration of 
the word and ordinations of the gosjiel, and occasionally refreshed and revived by 
the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit. 

A very few weeks since two ycung brethren, with their companions, ene a tf: 



15 

Ulster and the other a printer, set sail from Boston for tliis rc'sion cf iJwlatry and 
Jegradatiou. AVhen tliese shall arrive, there wiil then be upwards of 20 Ame- 
rican Missionaries m the Burman Empire ; and still there are room and a demand fur 
more. And accordingly^ the Board cxj ect to send out others as soon as circunir- 
stances will possibl}' admit. 

Your conm:ittee fee! assured that the funds which may be transmitted from this 
body tor that objvctwid be fahhfuily and piuhtably applied. They are strongly 
impre.^sed with the sense of the importance ot our iMi.ssion stiitions in the East; — 
They are rejoiced to &t.e the nicrefse of Alit,.-,ionary spirit in this body, as indicated 
by the unusual enlargement of the For. Mis. Fund. And they gladly and cordially 
reconnnend this important branch of Missionary operations to the future attention 
of this Institution. 

Such are only a few of the facts connected with this interesting object. As 
they have been stated from memory they may not be, in all respects, atisolutely 
free from mistake. It is believed hovve\eriuat they will be found upon examina- 
tion to be substajitially correct. As such they are respectfully submitted to the 
consideration of tliis Convention. 

T. MEREDITH, Chairman. 

REPORT OP THE COMMITTEE ox HOME MISSIONS. 

The Committee on Domestic Mi.ssions have had the subject under considera- 
tion, and beg leave to submit the foilowmg Report : 

From information received from various sections of the state, we are happy to 
learn, that the labours of the Missionaues in some places have been blessed to the 
conversion of many precious souls ; and there is certainly great encouragement 
for us to send out preachers to the full extent of our means. We entertain nx) 
doubt that the opposition to the Convention and the objects its friends have in 
view, would be lessened very n.uch if there were more Itinerants ; for when the 
children of God who are opposed to exerlions of llie kind (and that there are such 
your committee have no doubt) find that the blessing of the Lord follows, it has a 
tendency to remove their objections. We have no hesitation inlaying, that the 
indefatigable labours of our Agent and Missionaries have removed prejudices and 
gained many friends to the cause. 

Your committee are aware, as you must ull be, that there yet remains much to 
be done. There are many destitute places in our state, some of which we will 
mention. In the county of Brunswick, on tlie sea board, there is not a single or- 
dained Baptist preacher ; in Wilmington and all the lower part of JSew Hano- 
ver, the people are entir-jly destitute o'' pre..chiiig by any jiiin' ter.s of our order. 
That partuf OiioLvV, that iics alo.ig tlic sca coctst is also ucaiiLule. In Halifax 
County, we understand there is no Baptist preacher, and the prospect of good be- 
ing done there is very flattering, could the people only have preaching among 
them. The northern part of Stokes County and some parts of Surry are very 
destitute, and in a deplorable situation as to matters of religion. Robeson county 
is also without a preacher. 

Your Committee are of opinion that our cause would be advanced by reducing 
the pay of our Missionaries, as thereby a greater nuujber could be employed ; and 
we do believe that every minister of the Gospel ought to be wiUing to make some 
sacrifices to promote the best of causes. 

In addition to the above, your committee have received the cheering intelligence 
that the labours «f Elder Jamc?; Dennis, \y\:n?e services have been confined most- 
ly to the counties of Wake and Johnston, have been wonderfully blessed in Smith- 
field, in the aforesaid county, where the people, before the conmiencement of his 
labours amongst them, seemed to care nothing about religion, and where but one 
or two professors of religion resided, a church has been recently constituted thro' 
his instrumentality consisting of between 40 and 50 members. Surely the desert 
has rejoiced and blossomed as the rose. We have been further informed that the 
County of Tyrrell is very destitute of pre -idling and that it is an encouraging: 
place for missionary exertions. Respectfully submitted. 

JOHN PURIFY, Chairman. 



16 

[El 
REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The Committee on Education having given to the subject submitted to theui 
the be ;t consideration which their time and the Uinited information at their com- 
man-l have enabl(>d them, beg leave to present the following Report : 

Th-i? we think it expedient and highly important to afford to our young min- 
isters lacilitics for obtaming such an education as will qualifv them to be able 
ministers of the New Testament. Th-^t for this purpose the plan which has re- 
commended itself to us as combining the greatest advantages, is the purchase of 
a ftrm ui a suitable situation, furnished with commodious buildings ; — the em- 
ployment of a teacher of proj^er qualifications, who shall take charge of the bene- 
ficiaries of the Convention and such other pupils as his duties to them may ena- 
ble him to attend to; — and the engagement of a sui)erintendant of the farm who 
shall direct the manual labours of the young men who shall have an opportunit}', 
by their cultivation of the soil, to earn their subsistence, or to pay for their board. 

The Committee have ascertained that such a farm as will be well suited for car- 
rying their views into immediate operation, can be had in the county of Wake, 
within 1.5 miles of the city of Raleigh, for the sum of S*2000 ; a sum" which they 
believe it to be well worth. They recommend therefore, that tin Convention 
if they approve the measure, do appoint a Board of Trustees, such board consist- 
ing, if they please, of the Board of Managers, who shall appoint agents to solicit 
subscriptions for this o&je r^ from the members and friends of our denomination 
in all parts of our state. The committee think that such an experiment as this 
will dwide the question whether this project will receive the general approbation 
of our churches or not. If it should, the purchase money will be obtained, if not. 
the subscription of course v.iil stand void. 

The committee believe that a school of the kind, and in the situation they pro- 
pose would meet the patronage of the denomination generally, and would proba- 
bly from the beginning support itself, without being any expense to the Conven- 
tion. The farm they have in view is highly recommended by its central, conveni- 
ent, and healthy situation, by the moral and enlightened character of the sur- 
rounding population, and by cheapness of living. 

Should the Convention however not concur with the above recommendatioi\ 
their committee would propose that a correspondence be opened with the mana- 
gers of similar institutit^is in the adjoining states, with a view to ascertain whe- 
ther any combination of effort could be made by wl)ich our pious youth could 
share with theirs in availing themselves of means of education already in opera- 
tion. The committee further report that the Board of Managers have had under 
their care two beneficiaries during the past year but that they have reason to be- 
lieve many pious youth are now in the state, who would come forward and ofl^er 
themselves for education, if such an institution as the one proposed, were one* 
seen to be in existence. All which is respectfully submitted. 

W. HOOPER, Chairman. 



[D.] 
REPORT or the COMMITTEE ON TRACTS. 
The committee on Tracts beg leave to Report — That it is evident that Tracts 
have been signally blessed of God to the conversion of sinners, andtothe diffusion 
of light and comfort to christians, in those regions in which they have been circu- 
lated. Your conunittee would therefore recommend the establishment of Tract 
Societies in the different churches, and an extensive circulation of them through- 
out the state. They would also recommend that each member of this Conven- 
tion encourage and promote the oiiject of the Baptist general Tract establishment 
as far as is practicable in the region in which he resides. 

JAMES McDANIEL, Chairman. 



[L.] 
[TREASURER'S REPORT. ^ _ 

Benry AusUn, Treasurer of the Baptist State Conreiitim of .\o)U d^rolma, 
in Account Current for 183-2. 



Dr. 



To Balance due the Convention at its Ses- 
sion 1831 - - - - . - 

A.K»ouut sent up by Societies and friends at 
the an, nieeting'at Cro?s Roads in 1831. 

Sabbath collection at Cross Roardsin 1831. 

8abbrith collection of the Board at Cedar 
Greek 

Sabbath coin of the Board at Wake Union. 

»onati;jr! from Bethel Church by T. Me- 
redith 

Do from James G. Hall by do. - 
Do Spring Hill by sister White - 
Do r. aoliman of Iredell, bv Eli Philips. 
Do D, M. Burney, Randolph, by letter. 

Interest on a small loan of money - - 

Donation from a female in Newbern by J. 
Armstrong 

JRec'd from the committee of Finance sent 
up by societies & friends to this meeting. 



93 20 93 20 

495 73i 120 044 
9 37 



Dedcut amount paid by the Treasurer - - 

Leaves a balance in the hands of the Trea- 
surer up to 7th August, 1832 561 67 



9 3' 

4 14J 

4 081 

5 00 
5 00 

10 00 



.1 25 
07 

493 72 



L136 56 
574 89 



4 14J 

4 OHf 



10 00 
1 00 
1 00 
1 25 

07 

513 83| 



757 89 
429 86 



93 20 

174 06^ 
9 37 

4 14J 

4 08i 

5 00 
5 00 

10 00 



1 25 
07 
391 534 



697 70 
371 61 



328 12 326 09 1215 88 



279 60 

789 7i? 
28 llj 

12 ^Si- 
12 26 



10 00 

10 00 

30 00 

1 00 

1 00 

3 75 

21 

1399 06i 



2592 24 
1376 36 



Cr. 

By amount sent to the Treasurer of the 
Board for Foreign Missions - - - - 

Paid for procuring a check at 1 per cent - 

Paid General Agent for his semces previ- 
ous to annual meeting in 1831 - - - 

Paid Elder Wm. Dovvd for Mis.sionary ser- 
vices previous to the board at Cedar Cr'k. 

Paid Elder E. Phillips for missionary servi- 
ces previous to tlie board at Cedar Creek. 

P'd Elder N. Richardson for missionary ser 
vices previous to the board at do. 

P'd Elder J. Culpepper for Missionary ser 
vices previous to the board at Wake Un'n 

P'd Elder Eli PhilUps for missiouary servi- 
ces previous to the board at do. 

Fd Elder Wm. Dovvd for missionary ser- 
vices previous to the board at do. 

P'd Elder Jas. Dennis for missionary scrvi 
CCS previous to the board at do. 

P'd Elder Thos. D. Armstrong for mission 
e'rj. services previous to the board at do. 



123 661 
20 00 
37 50 
96 00 
22 00 
50 00 
20 00 I 
30 00 I 
48 40 I 



120 00 
1 20 

123 66| 



123 66| 



120 00 
1 20 


371 0© 


20 GO 


37 50 


26 00 


22 00 


50 00 


20 00 


30 00 


43 if^^ 



18^ 



TREASURER'^ REPORT 

'T-Vd Elder Ja's Warren for Illi^^'^• services 
previous to the board at Wake Union - 

P'd Elder Tho's Crocker for expenses in- 
curred by educating bro. Conely - - 

F'd Elder Wm. R. Hinton for expenses in- 
curred for bro. Jones' education previous 
to the board at Wake Union - - - 

"■p'd Elder Wm. Hooper for expenses incur- 
red for bro. Conely's education previous 
to this meeting -------- 

Pd Elder W. R. Hinton for expenses in- 
curred for bro. Jones' education previous 
to this meeting - 

P'd J. I. Pasteur for printing 1000 copies 
of last minutes 

P'd General Agent for services previous to 
tliia meeting of the conventiou - - 



-■(cbN'TINtEt).) 



17 33 






17 ~Sa 






30 00 


30 00 






18 35 


18 3a 






30 25 


30 25 






25 33 


25 3'3 


11 00 


11 00 


11 00 


33 0Cr 


169 00 


174 00 


133 00 


176 00 


574 89 


429 86 


371 Gl 


1376 36 



The Committee on the Treasurers Report have examined the above account 
^d find it to be correct. 

By order and in behalf of the committee. 

GEORGE W. HOFHAM, Chairman. 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE on CONTRIBUTIONS. 


, H Mis. 


F Mis. 


Edc'on 


Total. 


CONTRIBUTORS. 










Cross Roads Church 


6 00 


9X)0 


5 00 


20 00 


Raleigh do 


8 50 


'2 50 


9 25 


20 25 


Wake Union do 




75 


7 75 


1 50 


10 00 


Holly Spring do . . . 




25 


8 35 


2 50 


11 10 


John Holiman .... 




5 00 


5 00 




10 00 


James Dennis .... 






10 00 




10 00 


Cape Fear Female 






25 8U 




25 81i 


Cai>e Fear Church 






]0 m 




10 424 


Jersey Settlement . , 




4 10 


6 m 


9 26^ 


20 i6i 
12 22| 


Lick Creek Church and Society . 




3 22i 


9 00 




Liberty Church and Society 




8 20 


80 


1 00 


10 


Congregation at Halawav's 




8 50 




1 50 


10 


Toms Creek Church . ' . 




2 65 


7 35 




10 


Mount Carmel .... 








10 00 


10 


Cane Creek .... 




3 25 


6 75 


2 55 


12 55 


Mount Moriali ... 




5 00 


5 00 




10 


Antioch 




3 10 


4 95 


2 20 


10 25 


New Friendship . 






7 92 


1 00 


1 88 


10 80 


Newbern 






8 00 


8 00 


8 00 


24 


Hopeful Society . 






20 00 


8 00 


8 00 


36 


Tar borough 






' 10 00 


SO 00 


30 00 


70 


Jarrat's Bay . 






4 00" 


4 00 


2 36^ 


10 36^ 


Reeve's Chapel 






5 00 


2 50 


2 50 


10 


Loves Creek 






9 80 


7 90 


2 30 


20 


Mount Gilead 






5 00 


5 00 




10 


Ricky Spring Chur<fh . 






3 5.0 


9 70 


7 23. 


20 4S 



1* 



CONTRIBUTIONS 


— [cONTINliED.l 


Bear's Ctcek 


5 


5 1 


Friomlship . . ... 


18 


1 


Noah Richardson 




5 


Cross Roada 


8 




New Union .... 


8 75 


1 


Kendalls Meeting House 


3 50 


3 25 


Bethlehem .... 


8 33^ 


3 5HJ 


Cedar Creek ...... 


4 55 


26 GO 


Rock River 


4 50 


10 25 


Brown Creek 


5 50 


10 


Bethlehem 


4 


1 40 


Carthlcdge Creek 


19 30 


30 25 


Saron 


8 68J 


U 78^ 


Spring Hill 
Maple Spring 


6 


24 


3 S% 


11 72^ 


Flat Rock 


1 m 


4 33J 


Providence Creek 


50 


50 


Sandy Cross 




15 


Pincy Grove 


9 25 


7 75 


Sawyer's Creek 


•2 


6 75 


Shiloh 


3 


5 


Ballard's Bridge 


3 75 


3 75 


Edenton 


5 


2 


Bethel 


7 


1 


New Hope 


7 25 


3 75 


Society Meeting HouT«« 


8 95 


6 95 


Hugh Cluin 




10 


Concord 


3 25 


1 50 


Nahunga 


10 25 


75 


Fishing Creek 


10 




Brier Creek 


5 


1 


Head of Yadkin 


7 37i 


2 50 


Sandy Run 


10 


11 50 


Bertie Society 


26 


19 50 


Elizabeth Cily 


6 


6 


Salem Church 


18 


6 25 


Flat Rock 


15 


5 


Peachtree 




3 


James-Town Society 


7 50 


2 50 


Eaton's 


14 60 


2 40 


I.,isbon 


7 35 


5 30 


Beaver-dam Church & friends at white lake 


5 




Globe Head Church. 


2 50 


5 


Donations from friends which were handed 






in by brethren. 






New Union Congregation Montgomery 


16 80 




Capehart's Church Bertie 


2 58J 


2 58^ 


Middle Swamp Gates 




7 25 


Samuel Wait Wake 


3 


3 


Sarah W. Wait 






Dr. Calvin Jones " 






Jonathan Stephens " 


50 


50 


David Justice ** 


1 




Sister Lucy A. Watts Chapel Hill 






Hend.^rson Owens Orange 






John P. Owen 




1 


Chesley P. George 


1 




Ross Scoggins " 
William M. B\mt§ fChatham 


1 




- 5 1 





3 25 



25 

48J 

75 



0^ 



5 25 
5 60 

5 25 

20 



O 4J 

35 
2 50 
12 25 
10 

8 

3 

9 30 

5 
2 50 



2 58J 



1V> 
20 

10 

10 

10 5U 
10 

14 40 
36 90- 

11 75 

17 50 
10 40 
8() 30 
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Island Ford " Sunv 

Sandy Creok Franklin 

Brother trom Newbern 

Yeopim Cliowan 

Sislrr from Halifax 

Sister from F.dg-cconib 

Friend in Chatham 

Collection on Sabbath 



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in behalf of the Committee 



(3HARLES McALISTER, Chmn, 



[H.] 
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE on the AGENCY. 

The Committee on the Agency would submit the following considerations: 
The servicer of an Agent are" considered absolutely indispensable to the pro- 
cess and successful operation of this Convention. That the prosperity of this 
institution is do|>endant on the circulation of correct information, the excitement 
of favourable feelinirs. the organization of auxiliary societies, &c. &ic. admits not 
oi a question. TIkU these means cannot be secured without the services of a res- 
p:.nsible and faithful Agent is equally beyond the reat^h of a doubt. Your com- 
mittee are therefore conlident in the opinion that the con.stant efforts of an efficient 
Agent are essential to the growth and usefulness of this convention. 

It is therefore earnestly recommended that the services of Isro. AVait, providetif 
thev can be obtained, should be immediatelv engaged as heretofore. 

WM. R. HINTON, Chairman. 



[G.] 
REPORT or the COMMITTEE ON A PERIODICAL. 

The Committee to wh'oni was referred the subject of a Periodical report.— 
That in the opinion of your com. the interests of our denomination require some 
medium bv which our peculiar views may be made known and vindicated an<3 
by which the vaxious objects of the Convention may be promoted. We therefore 
jecommend that a a ]Monthly Periodical be established and that immediate mea- 
sures be resorted to tor the accomplishment of this matter. 

Your committee, from inlbrraation which they possess, assure the convention 
that a pomphlct of 21 pages may be published, monthly, for the moderate sum of 
gl per annum : and that the wo'rk may go into immediate operation, provided 50© 
subscribers can be received. Your committee beheve that number can be obtain- 
ed now upon the ground, if the proper means be adopted. All which i'S respec"- 
fullv submitted, 



MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. 



tV"M. P. BiDDLE, President. 
T. Meredith, J. Cglpepper, 



sen. Wm. Hooper. Vice-President* 



Charles McAlistcr, 
Green Huckaby, 
Grey Huckaby, 
John Munroe, 
Geo. M. Thompson. 
Jbhji Culpepper, Jun. 



Stephen Graham, 
Turner Carter, 
John Dismukes, 
George E. Femiel, 
Jesse Adams. 
Thomas Crocker, 



Robert S. Thomas, 
Aaron J. Spivey, 
John Purifv, 
Paul Phifer, 
Hugh Cluln, 
TbomasWright 




tIRRATA. — On page 0th, in tlic 14th hn.e, for Jones read BroK,.-. 

On tiie same page, liJth line, for Jones read Broicn. 

On p. 2Uth after the Report on Periodical, read John ArxMSTr^.vo. 
Chairman. 

On the same page in the list of IMembers of the Board — read He.xky 
Austin, Treas'r 5 John Armstrong, Cor. Ssc. ; Amos J. Battle, Ker. 
See. 

Some imimportunt errors have bren discovered in the Treas'iirer'? 
Report, crentnd by correspond ing er rors in the t nanusc ript. 



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4^nric::>:-: 1. This Institution shall be called ihc Baptist State Contentioii 
.'.''jrth Carolina. 

At^t. -2. Tho p;-ii:ir.ry oV)iect.s of lliis Convention shall be the education of yoi 
n;.Mi called of God to the iSiinistry, and approved of by the Church* s to whicj 
I lioy res,)cctive!y beion;^.^ the emplnyment of Missionaries within the limits of ( 
!Statc; and a co-ojjoration'whh the Baptist General Convention of the Ui 
"ctates in the promotion of ^Missions in general. 

Art. 3. The funds devoted to these objects shall be kept distinct from 
other, and punctually appropriated -ugrceaLily to the specilic intention of contr 
tors. 

Art. 1. This institution shall be compo.=ed of such individuals and delega 
from such Associations,. Churches, and Societies, as shall mak« adequate cc " 
bulions to its funds. 

AuT. 5. Every Asapciation, Church, Society, or individual, shall be entitled to^ 
~^?r.d to the Convention o.ie Dijlc^atc, who shall be a member of the Brf 
Church, for eviry ten dollars paid into the Trcasur*'. 

Aht. 6. T!ie ofTmers of this Convention, to be elected annually, shaHj 
Prcsi le.it. three Vice-Presidenis, a Corresponding Secretary, Recording Sec^ 
ry, and Treasurt.'r, who, with eighteen others, shall constitute a Board of Di 
ors. five of Whom shall form a qnoru.^1. 

Art. 7. It s-iall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of 
Convention and Board : that of the Vice-Presidents, in case of his absence* 
t^crdinu to seniority. Thccorrospondinir secrelary shaU be required to cones 
with S.jcieties or individa.ils, so fur as iht- interests of the Convention sh? 
*|uire ; and t!ie R<'::ordin'T Secretary shall preserve a faithful record of the "j 
oeodiiigs of the body. Th^iTreaf^uv. r shiil! hold the furuls of the Convcntioil^ 
be subject to the order of the Board : sli.dl give security for the faithful dis 
cf his dutv, and .s!vi!l mnke an :u;:iua! n:)ort of a!/ receipts and expendr 
-.vhich shall be au lireJ and published with-tliC niinutes. 

Anr. 8. Tiie Bo ird of Directors shtii meet semi-annually, at such pla 
s^vtii from time to tiine ^jgiate ; when they shall ado)>t such measures 
bijst tund to carry ipilfij^fcct the dilfcreut objects of the Convention^ si 
Str.tion. 

id{.quate number of Agents, snltjcct to the 
ir 1, wiiose duty it shiJi be to visit Associations' 
lui- ti.» t^-t^ur;; their c<">-oi>eration with this iiistitu^ 
ij ;a oi'iiio Consilturi.m ; but in no case to coll 




tiie nrovisions of the CJ 

AuT. 9. There .sh .11] 
af the. Convenlijp. or its 
r^iirches, &c. v.xu 
'.•«)nlbimah'y with tJK^ \\ 
traMs:nit fundi.* 

Akt. 10. TheC 
T):-<'c.cdiug the iLst LorJ 
iiJiiQ difv-ct. 

Art. 11. Tho ConvQ«tion shall require o 
:^cir prcc^ediugs at eacS^aiinual m«;euiig. ''" 

Akt. 1-2. Anv altt^raiion may be made in this Con.stitution at any annua 
in 2; with the CO ncaxrcudl^.cf two thirds of the lacmbers present. 



ion shall hold its moclings annually, commencing 
iuv Ui Noven\ber. at aiich place as ifr shall from 



Fridf 
tiuip 



joard; a :-pecillc report of 



"This urovi^ion Ls m.!..i 



i:»J-e ai^LiU"^ 



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>x the sole object of obviating cbjcc'.i.-'ns: ^^^-.t 
.iTLi.i^i^by MiN/ioni'.ry Age.it.5.